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Soul models

Meet eight women who make a difference

We asked you to nominate women who inspire you. Now, we’ve picked eight Soul models. Read their winning stories, find out their greatest life lessons and get expert tips for meeting challenges in your life.

Tenacity

Chronic pain sufferer Rebecca Parton fights back with fitness.

Compassion

How a single mom took on city council—and made streets safer for kids.

Commitment

The power of motherhood turned a troubled girl into a grounded woman.

Strength

Multiple sclerosis hasn’t stopped this risk-taker from diving and climbing.

Courage

She started her life over while bridging the culture gap.

Leadership

Her unfailing support gave at-risk students a reason to come to school.

Dedication

While searching for her roots, she built a community.

Optimism

Hitting rock-bottom showed one woman how to come out on top.